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Reached

First Line: Every morning, the sun comes up and turns the earth red, and I think: This could be the day when everything changes.

About: After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again. (Goodreads)

Author: Ally Condie

Pages: 512

Publisher: Penguin 

Review: This whole trilogy has had it's ups  and downs for me. I absolutely adored Matched! I loved it so much, I wouldn't care if I had only read that book in the series and just let the other books go. But no, there had to be a slight cliffhanger, and I had to read the next book.

It's not that Crossed was bad... it just was not as good or exciting as Matched. I have heard several people say it; Crossed is boring, which is pretty true. Compared to Matched or Reached, yeah. It is most definitely the 'sagging middle' of the trilogy.

After reading Crossed, I almost didn't want to read the last book. I sort of just wanted to buy Matched and pretend that that was the only book in the series. But friends on Goodreads and on Blogger told me that they thought that Reached was the most beautiful book they had ever read, so, of course I had to read it!

Plus, if I hadn't had read it, there would have always been this feeling of 'I-did-not-complete-this-series', I would always be wondering what happened in the end. Would Cassia and Ky finally get to be together?

My sister and my dad bought this book for our family to share without my consent (I was waiting for it to come out in paperback! People like to drive me crazy! Oh wellz, I'll just have to buy it for myself in paperback... but I don't like the feeling of owning two of the same book. It's like inflation... the value and rarity of your book goes down when you own two of the same. :P But you don't want to hear me rant do you? Okay, back to the subject) so, it was just lying there all the time, staring at me, begging to be read. And my sister wasn't even close to reading it, since she has yet to read Crossed. So I gave in and read it.

It's safe to say that this book surpasses all the others in the series in size. This one felt twice as long as Matched, but, you know, that's okay.

I'll admit it, I wasn't excited when I started this. I was so worried that it would be like Crossed, and all of the things people had told me would prove to be false. Plus, I was still suffering aftershock from The Book Thief, so I didn't want to like anything. 

When I think back on it, I really did give Reached a hard time.

It took me awhile to forgive Cassia for being such a girl in Crossed. I spent at least the first half of this book hoping and wishing she would just *spoilers* get the plague and *spoilers* die, even though I knew that wouldn't happen. 

There were still some moments of her being in Ky-land, but there were equal moments of Ky being in Cassia-land. There was a time where I would've loved to hear Cassia and Ky gush about each other, but it has gotten really old for me. I wanted a twist, something that would make them question whether they were the perfect couple. 

We do have Xander narrating several chapters, and the whole thing with Indie, but that just wasn't strong enough. Though, I will say, now Xander is my favorite, and towards the end I was starting to lean towards team Xander. But by now we know that that's not possible anymore, so I let that dream die, and continued watching Cassia and Ky. :P

But the good thing about this book, was that Ally Condie's beautiful writing voice is stronger than ever. The way she writes... ugh! it's so poetic, and just beautiful. It drags you into the book. I have said how much i love her writing before, but I must say it again before this review is done.

Parts of this book were a wee bit confusing, and it was hard at times to piece together what was happening, but that was minor. 

All in all, I do think it was a good ending to the series. It's pretty predictable when it comes to couples. You know who's going to end up together.

Anyway. I forgive Ally Condie for Crossed, and can't wait to read more from her.

Romance: Not as bad as Crossed. Only three kisses, I think. And the couple are always thinking about each other... all that romantic stuff.

Violence: Lots of fighting.... and yeah. I don't even know why I still put this violence. Every book I read has some sort of violence in it.

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(This book trailer isn't really that good, but I'll put it in here anyway)

“You cannot change your journey if you are unwilling to move at all.” 

― Ally Condie, Reached

“If you let hope inside, it takes you over. It feeds on your insides and uses your bones to climb and grow. Eventually it becomes the thing that is your bones, that holds you together. Holds you up until you don't know how to live without it anymore. To pull it out of you would kill you entirely.” 

― Ally Condie, Reached

“I realize now how much courage it takes to choose the life you want, whatever that might be.” 

― Ally Condie, Reached

“In a story, you can turn to the front and begin again and everyone lives once more. That doesn't work in real life.” 

― Ally Condie, Reached

Recommended Age: 13-14+

Rating:


A satisfying ending to the Matched trilogy, just a couple things I would've changed.

so... I'm a s'more now

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So, I have been sitting here at my laptop for over a week now trying to think of how exactly to start this post.

It should be simple to explain my first day of school... but no. My "First Day of School" post has turned into a "First Week of School" because I have been so lazy. 

But, no matter. Highschool is hard... it's a good excuse. 

Anyway, yeah. I started school this Monday. 

On my own actually...

You see, I wasn't suppose to start school until the day after Labor Day, but for reasons I shall explain later, I decided to start school earlier then the rest of the household.

For starters, I was still behind in things (mainly icky science :P) from last year, and wanted to get that done with before starting my actual first week of school.

...And we are going to Kansas soon after we start school, so I thought it'd be nice to get a head start. 

...And, the strangest of all, I wanted to start school early.

I'm sure there are some of you out there rolling your eyes while reading this, mumbling "weird homeschooler person" under your breath. But really I did want to start school early.

For some reason I'm always like this at this time of year. 

I have taken enough time to relish the nice break, and have taken advantage of the free time to actually get some things done. But now I've just got nothing to do, and want school to occupy me.

Okay... I guess I am weird.

But I am very proud of my progress. 

I am usually the absolute worst procrastinator in the whole of creation, but I have fought off the urge to join my brothers and sisters in watching TV, or some other distraction, and actually did school everyday all week!

I can't tell you how happy I am! 

When you are homeschooled, your whole school year progress could depend on how well your first week goes. At least for me, this has been proven true.

So, I have had a very successful first week of being a Sophomore... or a s'more. Like how they say in Before I Fall... yes, I know that it's sort of suppose to be mean in the book... but frankly spelling out Sophomore takes forever, so I shall be known as a S'more on this blog from now on... just letting you know before you go crazy trying to figure out what a s'more had to do with this post.

Here I go... deeper and deeper into the world of highschool. Will I ever get out?     

It was a year ago...

One year ago today I sat at my computer.

I was absolutely tired of writing on my blog, and just wished I could start over again... so I did.

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When I first started this blog, I had no idea how much I would love it.

This place has been a vent for me. To let out my random thoughts and feelings for a whole year now, and it has been such a blessing.

I feel more myself here than anywhere else. And I'd like to thank you, dear followers, for accepting it all.

I really can't believe that there are one hundred eighteen of you who are reading this right now. Thank you for sticking with me through this whole journey.

Even though some of my posts might seem pointless and strange... I do hope to look back at this little website and feel proud that I wrote all of this.

It was a year ago that I wrote the first post... I have grown since then, but I am still Hannah.

This blog has helped define me in so many ways, and I can't wait to see what the next year holds.

Thank you.

Essence

First Line: The first thing that the new mother notices about her baby is its silence.

About: It starts with a shift in the atmosphere. The forest greets Emma with startling force. At first she can’t move her limbs. Then her vision is rendered useless. The sensation comes more often, and the symptoms become frightening as Emma is left paralyzed to the force that emerges from the forest. Voices come in dream at first, commanding against her will. Something is out there that calls Emma to the forest. It isn’t going to fade until she surrenders. (goodreads)

Author: Mandi Lynn

Pages: 330

Publisher: Createspace

Review: I found Mandi Lynn via Youtube once upon a time, and knew that if she ever published her book I was going to read it, and I just knew I would love it. So, needless to say, when I discovered she was self publishing her book, I was pretty excited, and was determined to buy it.

Once it was out and published I bought it, like any person would. And I read it.

I must admit, finally reading this book felt a little weird to me. I had been so used to seeing the cover online, so actually owning it was a bit odd... but I don't know, that might just be me. :/

When I finally started reading the book I told myself (like I do for all the books I plan to review) "Now, you need to be honest, read it, think about, and don't plaster a smile on your face and pretend it's good in the review when you don't like it. Be honest!" So I'm being totally honest when I say, this book surprised me... quite a lot actually.

It felt like it started out shaky for me, probably because I was so nervous that I wouldn't like it. I didn't quite get why the prologue was important, but as I read further, I came to realize it's importance to the story. 

After I got past a couple chapters I really, really did get into it. I read about maybe 150 pages in one sitting once because I was getting so into Emma's story.

I really liked the idea of the Essence world. It is different than any other young adult book I have ever read (and as you all know, I read a lot). It might sound strange for me to say, but I can understand why this book was rejected by 39 literary agents... it is a very different story, and could be risky. But I honestly think that those agents missed out big time. 

Mandi has created one of the most original beings I have ever heard of.

An Essence is basically like a ghost, only different. The thing that struck me most about Essences is that no one wants to be one. I don't know why, but it seems like, to me, that a lot of creatures in books and tv shows make you want to be a part of the world. If that makes sense. But the difference with Essence is that it makes you realize how lucky we are to be human, and to have lives that someone as an Essence can't have.

The book had many different moments that really tugged on my heart, and made me think.

The characters were all very interesting and grabbed my attention. (Eliza and Luna in particular) 

There were a couple things that were a bit weird. Like how in the first chapter you are suddenly thrown into what's happening... while it's fine sometimes, in this book I felt like I would've been more comfortable if there had been at least a half a chapter before the whole thing in the first chapter.

And I also thought it was weird that when Emma first came to Phantom Lagoon no one really talked to her, or tried to get to know her... except for Eliza.

But really, those are the only things I thought could be improved upon.

I did enjoy this story a lot.

It didn't have any real villains, or a journey or anything, but it was a very nice story that was very likable.

Romance: None. Except for, you know her parents were married, but that's about it.

Violence: Not much that I can think of. There might have been a little, but I don't remember.

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Recommended Age: 12+

Rating:
Actually more like 4 1/2. :)

Those tricky codes... (tutorials and stuff)

Since I revealed my new blog design awhile back, I have been getting quite a lot of questions on how to do a lot of elements in my design.

And, in case you didn't know, it's rather tricky to put HTML and other such codes in a little comment box. Well, the truth is, you can't. You can't put any coding in comment boxes, because it will try to... you know... do something with the code... I don't know. It is a shame really.

But anyway, a looonnnggg time ago I did a post with several different coding tutorials, tricks to do cool little things with your blog design. And after getting all of these comments from people wanting to know how I did certain things, I figured it was about time to do another one of those! :)

Enough of this lame introduction, let's get on with the codes!!!

How to make a blockquote

I don't know if you have noticed, but when I add a quote to a post, it has this nifty little box around the text. That, my dear readers, is a blockquote. (yes, that's it's name. Fitting, isn't it?)

It's super simple to add one to your blog, and super easy to use in the posts. All in all it's a super simple and cool thing to do.

First go to your blogger dashboard, then go to Layout>> Template Designer. Now you are going to want to go to advanced in the template designer, scroll all the way to the bottom until you get to Add CSS.

Now add this bit of CSS in the little box, and save.

blockquote{
background:url('blockquote.png') no-repeat;
padding: 5px 5px 5px 20px;
border:3px solid #ddd;

Now, there are a couple ways to customize your blockquote, the code above is the one I have on my blog, but let's say you want to change the color you would just put the color number/code right here:

blockquote{
background:url('blockquote.png') no-repeat;
padding: 5px 5px 5px 20px;
border:3px solid #ddd;
}

Or if you want two boxes around your quote instead of just one, you would change solid to double here:

blockquote{
background:url('blockquote.png') no-repeat;
padding: 5px 5px 5px 20px;
border:3px solid #ddd;
}

Just have fun with it! :)

Now if you want to use the blockquote in a post, just click this box in the blogger post thingy:

Type your quote, and once your post is published, your blockquote should appear.

Pretend that there is some deep, inspirational quote in here, this is how your blockquote will look~Hannah in Neverland
And there you have it! :)

... On to the next thing!

How to "fix" your sidebar

It took me for-ever for me to find this code, but once I did I was so, so, so excited! If you scroll down on my blog, you'll notice that my left sidebar doesn't scroll down along with the rest of my blog. I don't know what you think about it, but I think it's pretty cool.

I had seen this on several blogs and wanted to know how to do it, and after googling more than once, I found it, and Imma going to share it with you.

You're going to want to go to the Add CSS thing that you had to go to to add the blockquote ^ (follow the instructions above) and add this code:

.main-inner .column-left-outer {
margin-left: -1000px !important;

position: fixed !important;
left: 73% !important;
}

When I first used this code, several readers complained about a white thing hiding the left side of my posts. My original coding went something like this:

.main-inner .column-left-outer {
margin-left: 25px !important;

position: fixed !important;
left: 0% !important;
}

What I didn't realize was that I was positioning my side header the wrong way.

It may sound confusing, but I had used this:

.main-inner .column-left-outer {
margin-left: 25px !important;

position: fixed !important;
left: 0% !important;
}

Which, I didn't realize was how big the sidebar was! So i had made my sidebar huge, thinking I was just positioning my header, when I should've been using this:

.main-inner .column-left-outer {
margin-left: 25px !important;

position: fixed !important;
left: 0% !important;
}

To position the header.

I figured it out and this is the right code:

.main-inner .column-left-outer {
margin-left: -1000px !important;

position: fixed !important;
left: 73% !important;
}

Just mess around with the numbers until your sidebar is in the right place, and save.

I hope I didn't just confuse your poor brains...
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Anyway, thank you guys for being interested in this, and I hope I have been some help to you.

I should do this again sometime. :)

The Book Thief

First Line: First the colors.

About: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. (goodreads)


Author: Markus Zusak

Pages: 552

Publisher: Knopf Books

Review: I don't remember how I first found out about this book. Maybe I saw it on Goodreads first, or came across it at a bookstore or something. I don't know. All I know is that I am super, super glad I did find and read it.

What I soon found out while reading this book is that this is the kind of book that grabs hold of your heart and never, ever lets go.

From the moment I began reading to the minute I turned the last page I was completely enthralled in this book.

It's unique, and different from anything I have ever read before, and it's absolutely beautiful!

I knew before I even started it that it is narrated by Death.I don't think it spoils anything to say that it is narrated by Death, in fact if you don't know it before reading you would probably be very confused.

At first I though it was kind of odd, to have Death tell a story. Just saying that sounds confusing. How could Death narrate a story? I don't know how, but Markus Zusak found a way, and it's absolutely brilliant!

The whole writing style and plotting is perfection. It's told in a way that just keeps you flipping the pages again and again and again until it is over.

You could see the development in the characters very, very nicely. 

For some reason I felt a connection with Rudy the most, he was probably my favorite character. But I really did love all of the characters. They all grow, and the end is so heartbreaking...

It's not often I cry when I read a book. Clockwork Princess was the first book ever to make me cry, and it killed me. I cried just as much, if not more, when reading this book.

After I finished The Book Thief, I had to take a reading break for a day or so to really think about things. This book... it's just so powerful, it makes you think... really think.

Ahhh I loved it so, so much. I can't say much more without spoiling it, but, yes. READ IT!

Romance: Not much... there was a character who kept asking for a kiss from the main character, but he never got it. There was a bit of nudity, but not in the romantic way... you'd have to read it to understand.

Violence: you know, bombs, beatings, all the fun violence of WWII.

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“The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.” 

― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief 


“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” 
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

“Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.” 
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

“I am haunted by humans.” 
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Recommended Age: I'd say that you would need to be at least 13+ to fully appreciate this book, possibly older.

Rating:

A definite five starer!



This Mess of a Wall Flower

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I walk. Back and forth, back and forth. Again and again and again.

I wonder if anyone notices me. Surely someone has noticed how I'm pacing from one side of the room to the next. But if someone has seen me, they don't talk to me, or ask if I have something to do.

No. I just walk.

Out of the corner of my eye I can see them. Talking, laughing... I wonder what they are laughing about. I approach them.

They continue the conversation, and I stand on the outskirts of the crowd. No one acknowledges my existence.

I just stand and listen.

No one asks me how I am, or fills me in on what they are talking about. Not even a hello is uttered in my direction.

I walk away. Back to pacing.

I see my sister, and I feel hopeful. Maybe she will talk to me, help me not feel so alone...

But no... She's already talking to someone, smiling and laughing. As soon as I walk over, she pushes me away, not wanting to be stuck with me.

So I continue pacing again and again and again, just wanting this night to be over.

A happy shriek can be heard through the noise, I turn around, but realize it's not for me as I see someone greet a late comer who had just walked through the door.

Why not me? I can't help but wonder. When I had walked in there was no one rushing through the crowd to hug me and welcome me.

I thought that these people were friends. That they cared. But I keep pacing, trying to fight the urge to run out the door and walk home, even though I know that's not possible, home is too far away, and I'm stuck here.

Pacing.
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#truestory

I have realized that I am an extrovert and a wall flower... and that is a very very bad mixture. I want to talk to people, to be surrounded by close friends who know me inside and out, but, as you can tell from the above story, I'm not.

I think I can count on one hand how many close friends I really have. 

I feel alone a lot. Like no one really cares about me. I'm not popular, and I don't have that social appeal that my sister somehow has. I can't tell you how many times I've been walking with her and someone has come up to talk to her, and I'm forced to fade away into the background.

I'm just always there, always watching and listening, but no one notices.

I'm a mess of a wallflower. 

I fear

Fear is a funny thing when you really think about it... I mean really what is it? Is it an idea? An illusion? I don't know.

Humans can fear the most ridiculous things, or the most serious things. (Clowns and needles! seriously!)

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But why do we fear...

If you want a scientific explanation, I don't have one. (though after consulting Google it's just a bunch of chemicals and crazy stuff like that that gets our adrenalin pumping... I don't know.)

I've been very interested in fear ever since I read Divergent. A main theme in the book is overcoming fear, to become Dauntless.

It really made me think... kind of. I mean, all the things I fear are pretty juvenile, and I guess most of it has to do with my graphic imagination. I've heard way too many news stories, watch too many movies, and have read too many books that now scary ideas are permanently etched into my brain.

I am responsible for most of my fears. My imagination made them up, and won't let me forget them.

Needless to say, I would be a very bad Dauntless...

I probably won't ever get over my fear of needles... or clowns... or stingrays, but I know that God can hold my hand and let me know it's okay, even over something as silly as a stingray fear.

So... there's my deep though for the day.

What do you fear? 

Redwall

First Line: Matthias cut a comical little figure as he wobbled his way along the cloisters, with his large sandals flip-flopping and his tail peeping from beneath the baggy folds of an oversized novice's habit.

About: Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice is threatened by Cluny the Scourge - the evil-one-eyed rat warlord - and his battle-hardened horde of predators. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome army but he hasn't bargained for the courage and strength of the combined forces of the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends.   

Author: Brian Jacques

Pages: 352

Publisher: Red Fox

Review: I have been hearing about Redwall for a looonnnnggg time. So many people have blogged, or told me about the series, so it was natural that I would eventually pick it up.

I know it's hard to believe, but I did not read this book when I was little. Yeah. My reading lists given to me when I was young consisted of a bunch of historical novels, (and Roald Dahl, of course) I'm not complaining, I just never really read books like this when I was young, which is a shame, because I think I would like it much more than I did if I had read it when I was younger.

There was nothing wrong with this book. It was a good story, and I loved the different voices of each character (Brian Jacques is a genius when it comes to voices and accents), but for some reason I couldn't ever get into the story.

That is probably the reason I took forever to read it. I just could not get into it at all. It was just boring to me. 

The writing was good, but it just didn't suck me in like writers usually do.

I also had a whole pile of other books I was dying to read, which didn't help me in this case, because Redwall was a good twenty days overdue at the library. (My library hates me)

It just turned to be a chore to read.

I didn't like Matthias at all. It felt like hi personality kept changing. Like one minute he was super nice and compassionate  then the next he was threatening someone in a really rude way. I don't know. And every other creature at Redwall made it seem like Matthias was the most perfect mouse who ever lived! I might be overreacting, but that's what it seemed like to me.

And the ending was very cheesy to me... I don't know. Like the part with Cornflower and Matthias, I just rolled my eyes. "Oh brother..."  

This book just wasn't my cup of tea. 

I'm sure all you Redwall fans are hating my guts, but this book never got me going.

I wanted to like, but I just couldn't.

Romance: Not a kiss or nothing.... but at the end there is a really cheesy thing that happens. I'm not going to say anything for fear of spoilers, but you all know it's going to happen the whole book. The end... errrgggg!

Violence: I think it's odd that parents won't let their kids read Watership Down because it's violent. But everyone loves Redwall. Redwall was ten times gorier than Watership Down! Woodland creatures bashing each others brains out... and the writer is very descriptive about it... I was fine with it, but I don't know about you.

Recommended Age: 9+ Maybe younger, it depends. 

Rating:
This book was just in the middle all the way through, not terribly bad, and not terribly good... so it makes a perfect 3. :)

Five beautiful things about summer

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 I have mentioned several times that I absolutely hate summer. I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again. I don't like summer.

I think that I have said it around here often enough that you all expect me to be sitting in a kiddie pool filled with ice humbugging summer all season.

So i'm going to try not to be so bitter, and make a list of Ten Five Beautiful Things About Summer. Let's hope I don't strain my brain too much thinking these up...

(BTW, these are in no particular order... soooo)
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Numero uno: The feeling you can get everything done, when really, you can't

Summer starts, school is out, and you feel like you can do anything in the whole wide world. You know that trip to Guam you wanted to take, now you can do it. That ten foot model you started around Christmas time, but never finished, consider it done. 

It's a good feeling, to actually have time to do all the things you've ever wanted to do, but then your list piles up and up, and before you know it, the summer is over and you're back to school or anything else you do.

Or if you're like me and have absolutely nothing to do (after 4-H of course) but just simply don't want to do it because 'it's summer! I'm not supposed to do anything!'

Number the second: Cool things

You're hot, sweaty, and sticky. What better way to cool off than with cool things. 

During the drama season, which runs through winter all the way to the beginning of spring, we hold rehearsals in a small church right next to a McDonalds. (It's actually quite nice having a McDonalds nearby, and I'm sure they aren't ever going to go out of business with all of us hungry, thirsty actors)

Anyway, one of the most popular things we get there is ice cream. And I love ice cream, but in the middle of winter it's a wee bit odd to see a bunch of people shivering while eating an ice cream cone. (I'm not judging anyone for eating ice cream in the middle of winter, I do it myself)

But summer was made for ice cream, and pools, and ice. That's what makes it bearable!

The Third: Vacations

It is quite rare that my family take vacations. I think I can count on one hand how many vacations we have taken.

And while, it's still really rare, even in summer that we take vacations, I still consider it one of the good things about summer.
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I mean, to be able to go somewhere, the beach, or the mountains, somewhere where I don't  usually go is amazing! And this summer we are actually going on a vacation (to Kansas, but still), more on that in a later post. :)

Four: No School!

This is pretty much a given. Once summer comes, I'm usually about to explode with school overload, so i'm happy for the break. But after about a week or so, I'm ready for school to start up again.

I honestly don't understand why some high schoolers quit school, what are they going to do, besides work in the fast food industry all their life? It sounds dreadfully dull, and I would never quit school before i'm suppose to. (I can just hear my parents sighing with relief at that, of course, they are my teachers, so they would let me quit school anyway)

And the last (#5): Just the little things, walks, pools, and such.

This may seem very random and a dumb way of finishing this list, but I can't think of anything better. 

Just the little things, like going shopping with friends unexpectedly, or getting to eat frozen yogurt fir the first time ever (true story). Or the things you can only do during summer, go to the fair, swim at a public pool. 

That is all.
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There is my --rather pathetic-- list, but the good thing is, summer is almost over! (happy dance!)

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness~ John Steinbeck 
What are your five beautiful things about summer?

I'm back from camp!

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Howdy! I am finally back from CampNaNoWriMo!!! :D

It's hard to believe it's over! Wow. One month goes by super quick, doesn't it?

When I started camp on July 1st, I really didn't know what to expect... I mean, I had heard about NaNoWriMo, and CampNaNo a lot, and have always, always wanted to do it.

I have writing friends who have won NaNo and CampNaNo several times, and I felt like I could maybe do it too.

It's all over now and I... didn't win. :(

But I got really close.

My goal was 30,000 words of my book in one month! Even if you aren't a writer, that's a lot.

My final word count for the month was 22,258 words. Phew! It took a lot of work, and a lot of time to get that number, and even if it's not my original goal number, I'm still proud of it.

I know I didn't win, and really, I'm okay with it. It was really challenging with 4-H week to even come close to winning, but isn't that the point of NaNoWriMo? To just write everyday, no matter how busy it gets? I guess I'm just going to have to learn how to find time to write, even during a week as crazy as 4-H week, or even tech week. (oooh, tech week writing... that should be fun... I can't even imagine the kind of things I would write during tech week)

Even though I didn't meet my goal, I am so happy! I've written more in this book than I ever have in any other book I have written. And I feel like I have learned so much about myself, my writing, and my book. I have discovered things in my book that don't work, and have had to figure out how to fix it.

I am more excited than ever at writing this book, and am determined to finish it! We have just been through so much together, i would hate to see it fizzle out and die like all the other books I've written.

So like the meme says,

Keep calm and write on :)

Here are my shaky stats. You see that big dip in the middle? Yeah... that was 4-H week. :P

Did any of you do CampNaNo? If so, how did you do? :)